Trooper: Oil & Gas Workers Need Rest Before Heading Home

Oil and gas field workers put in long and rigorous hours for days at a time, a combination that can make for a dangerous ride home.

After working on a rig for 36 straight hours this exhausted oil and gas worker got in his car and started driving home. But he was too sleepy to drive and fell asleep. The man's car ended up hitting a guard rail of Highway 139 in Loma. The impact sent him flying 22 feet in the air, his car then landed in a canal and floated downstream for 144 feet.

The pressure of the water began to build and the man was unable to get a car door open, and he couldn't roll down his electric windows because they had shorted out. But thanks to a good Samaritan his life was spared.

A passerby noticed the vehicle and used a hammer to break out the car's back window, then they put a rope around the man pulled him to safety.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Chris Wright says it's great that this man was able to walk away without so much as a scratch, but he worries that other oil and gas workers that hit the road after long shifts won't be as lucky.

Semi drivers are only allowed to work eleven hours out of the day, and Trooper Wright says the oil and gas industry needs to think about implementing some shift regulations of their own.

The man involved in the accident was cited for careless driving.

11 News tried to contact several companies that do business in the oil fields for comment on this issue, but our calls were not returned.

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